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Draft Notes from the SEC & ACC


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- It looks like a trio of Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket underclassmen are headed to the NFL draft. Sources have told us that receiver Demaryius Thomas is a lock to enter April's event while defensive end Derrick Morgan is also about 75% sure he's leaving. Surprisingly the one player hedging the most at this point is running back Jonathan Dwyer, though most expect the big ball carrier will be playing on Sunday's next year.

- Florida State quarterback Chris Ponder had been telling people he would explore his draft options and receive a grade from the advisory committee at the conclusion of the season. But that was before Ponder suffered the shoulder injury that's put him on the sidelines. People close to the situation expect Ponder to shelve his NFL dreams for at least another season.

- Seminoles Dekoda Watson entered the season with high grades from NFL scouts but has fallen short of expectations. The reason is not complicated; Watson has been suffering from a groin injury since the start of the campaign. Watson has received an invitation to play in January's Senior Bowl. He may have plenty of time to rest his groin until then, depending on whether or not FSU makes it to the post season.

- It's been a long season for North Carolina State, one which is coming to a quick close. That won't be the case for center Ted Larsen, who also received an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. The other senior centers invited to Mobile are J.D. Walton of Baylor, Matt Tennant of Boston College and Hawaii's John Estes.

- To build upon our story from last month, it looks as though Ras-I Dowling is going to enter the draft, which most scouts have told us is a mistake at this point. In fact a number of teams rate Dowling lower than his teammate, senior Chris Cook.

- In our SEC notes of October 8th we mentioned linebacker Rennie Curran was giving serious thought to entering the draft. Additional sources have told us Curran is leaning heavily towards making the jump to the NFL at this point.

- The New York Jets have told people they presently rank Georgia junior safety Rashad Jones as a second round pick. The Jets also grade out two other SEC players, Eric Norwood of South Carolina and Tennessee's Dan Williams, as second round talent.

SEC

- One junior that could be a surprise entry into next April's draft is LSU safety Chad Jones. To date Jones whose only been a fulltime starter this season, has totaled 59 tackles and two interceptions. Some teams think Jones will project to outside linebacker at the next level.

- The worst kept secret in the southeast is Eric Berry's intention to enter the draft. The official announcement could come days after the Volunteers final game. Berry will be one of the top five players selected next April.

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I heard that the Falcons were scouting Chad Jones. I do think he has the size to be a OLB and would make a pretty good WLB for us 4 real, that would be a great pick up.

Thanks JBo for the updates man, really appreciate it.

Just looked it up and Chad Jones is 6'3 231, pretty good size for a LB and he can hit too

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

TD PLEASE DRAFT DEMARYIUS THOMAS!!!!

I think he's at least a 3rd round lock. Catches everything, fantastic size, beautiful blocker. It's all about young elite depth.

I think that Thomas has a very high ceiling. However, he does not have a lot of experience running routes. His game is downfield blocking and catching in a crowd. Both of those talents are very useful in the NFL, but he will need a couple of seasons to develop his route tree. I would take him in the fourth round and expect him to be a ST star, while he develops into a real WR.

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I think that Thomas has a very high ceiling. However, he does not have a lot of experience running routes. His game is downfield blocking and catching in a crowd. Both of those talents are very useful in the NFL, but he will need a couple of seasons to develop his route tree. I would take him in the fourth round and expect him to be a ST star, while he develops into a real WR.

True. but teams will see his production and size and will go nuts. I think he's comparable to Vincent Jackson. Jackson came from a small school, but he had crazy production numbers and is just a physical presence. He went in the 3rd round.

Thomas was a pretty good high school receiver as well. running routes are not foreign to him, and true route running can be taught. What cant be taught is the go-get-it attitude that Thomas has always displayed when the ball is in the air.

Finneran out is hurting us. Michael Booker, although a nice vet addition, is not the future. I like a line-up of White-Jenkins-Douglas-Thomas. The guy has potential through the roof.

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